Played in nine of 12 games with nine starts at outside linebacker...Named by his teammates as one of three permanent captains for the year...Ranked first on the team in fumble recoveries (2), second in tackles for loss (6.5-31) and tied for first in forced fumbles (3)...Third on the team in solo tackles (33)...Finished fourth on the team in tackles (56)...Made at least one TFL in his past eight of 12 games and totaled 13 in the span for a loss of 64 yards...Averaged 6.2 tackles per game and made at least seven tackles in four of the nine games...Also had one sack, one interception and two pass breakups...Started at linebacker in the season opener against Ole Miss and made four tackles, including 2.5 stops for a loss of 16 yards...Sacked Nathan Stanley in the final minute of the game for a loss of 12 yards...Assisted on a stop for a loss of two yards on third down and one in the second quarter to force a Rebel punt...Made a solo tackle for a loss of three yards in the third quarter on third and one...All four tackles held Ole Miss to gains of two yards or less...Led the team with eight tackles and seven solo stops against Middle Tennessee...Stopped MTSU for a three yard loss on third down in the fourth quarter...Logged five tackles against UT Martin...All but one tackle on defense held the Skyhawks to short gains of three yards or less...Finished second on the team with seven tackles against Marshall, including a TFL for a loss of a yard...Recovered his second career fumble with a recovery in the second quarter...Led the team and tied a career high with 13 tackles against UCF, including a career best 11 solo stops...Forced his fifth career fumble that was recovered by the Knights...Tied for the team lead with seven tackles against UTEP, including a TFL for a loss of three yards and a fumble recovery that was returned 13 yards...Fumble recovery led to a Memphis touchdown and came on a third-and-one for UTEP...Tackle for loss moved the Miners back three yards on second-and-goal and helped the drive result in a missed field goal...All seven tackles held the Miners short of a first down...Made five tackles against Southern Miss and had an interception and a forced fumble...Interception led to a Memphis field goal...Did not play against East Carolina due to an injury...Returned against Tennessee and had two assisted tackles along with a career high two pass breakups...One of his assisted tackles held the Vols to no gain on 4th-and-2 at the Memphis 29-yard line...Started and had four tackles against UAB, including a tackle for a loss of eight yards on a 3rd-and-1 to force a Blazer punt...All four tackles held UAB to plays of two yards or less...Did not play against Houston and Tulsa due to an injury.
Was a 2008 All-Conference USA Honorable Mention pick...Named the Defensive Player of the Year at the team banquet...Played in 10 of 13 games with nine starts at outside linebacker...Led the Tigers and ranked eighth in C-USA in tackles for loss with 11.5...Ranked second on the team in sacks with four and was sixth on the team in tackles with 52...Registered a tackle in each of his 10 games played...Totaled five or more tackles in five games, including a season-best 11 stops versus East Carolina...Started at outside linebacker in the season opener against Ole Miss, and had six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of two yards...Assisted on a sack for a loss of a yard...Ended the first drive of the game with an assisted tackle on a rush of two yards...Returned to action against UAB after missing three games...Tallied four tackles with two solo stops...Forced his first fumble of the season on a rush by Joe Webb in the beginning of the fourth quarter that led to a Memphis field goal...Started at outside linebacker versus Louisville and had four tackles, including three solo stops and a quarterback hurry...Three of his four tackles resulted in gains of two yards or less...Led the team with a season-high 11 tackles versus East Carolina...Five of his tackles were solo stops...Credited with 2.5 TFL in the contest...Tipped a Patrick Pinkney pass on third down in the first quarter resulting in a punt...Seven of his tackles were for gains of three yards or less...Held ECU short of the first down marker in the second quarter, forcing a punt...Recorded five tackles, including three solo stops, against USM...Tackled Austin Davis for a loss of seven yards in the fourth quarter on second down that led to a three-and-out...All five tackles were for short gains of six yards or less...Credited with four stop against SMU and UCF...Tallied a career high 3.5 TFLs for a total loss of 23 yards, a career-high 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry versus the Knights...Assisted on a sack for a loss of six yards in the first quarter on third down to force a punt...Recorded a sack on third down in the second quarter for a loss of seven yards...Forced an incomplete pass on third down with a quarterback hurry in the third quarter resulting in a punt...Sacked Rob Calabrese for a loss of 11 yards on third down in the fourth quarter to force a punt...Recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter...Against Tulane, made five tackles with one TFL, an interception and a quarterback hurry...Registered a solo tackle for a loss of a yard in the second quarter...Temporarily knocked Green Wave QB Kevin Moore out of the game on a quarterback hurry in the second quarter...Made his first career interception in the fourth quarter and returned it 20 yards allowing Memphis to score on the ensuing drive...All five of his tackles were for short gains of four yards or less...Tied for second on the team with six tackles against USF in the bowl game...Credited with two TFL for minus nine yards, which includes a sack for a seven-yard loss...Registered a solo tackle for a loss of two yards on 3rd-and-10 early in the first quarter that forced USF to punt...Sacked Matt Grothe for a loss of seven yards on 3rd-and-5 on the Memphis 13 that forced USF into a field goal in the third quarter...Four of his five solo tackles held USF to two or fewer yards...Was presented one of the Spring MVP awards for his efforts on the field during the spring 2009 practice session.
Started at outside linebacker in the season opener against Ole Miss...Credited with six tackles in the game...Forced Ole Miss' Mike Wallace to fumble in the third quarter...The ball was recovered by Jake Kasser...Started against Jacksonville State and registered two tackles, including 1.5 TFL for minus eight yards before suffering a season-ending knee injury...Was unable to participate in spring practice while continuing rehabilitation on his knee...Will return as a junior for the 2008 season.
Steady defender who saw increased action throughout the season...Played all 12 games and made nine starts at outside linebacker...Registered three tackles in the first three games of the season against Ole Miss, Chattanooga and East Carolina...Had a breakout game in his first collegiate start in the meeting with Tennessee...Logged a career-high 13 tackles, including six solo stops, against the Vols...Never relinquished his starting role the remainder of the season...Totaled five or more tackles in six of the last nine games in 2006...Credited with six tackles against UAB and nine versus Arkansas State...Also had one pass breakup and a half sack against the Indians...Logged back-to-back games of nine tackles against Marshall and Southern Miss...May be most remembered in 2006 for picking up a blocked field goal by Brandon McDonald against C-USA champion Houston and running 80 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 20 and forcing overtime...Was the only Tiger defender to score during the 2006 campaign...Recorded his second double-digit tackle effort of the season with 10 stops against the Cougars...Credited with a forced fumble, a sack and a pass breakup versus UH...Closed out the season with four tackles, including a TFL for one yard, in the road victory over UTEP...Ended the year as Memphis' fourth-leading tackler with 69 stops...Tied for second on the squad with seven TFL for a loss of 15 yards.
A true freshman linebacker who saw action in nine of the Tigers' 12 games in 2005...Primarily worked with the special teams unit...Was a consistent cover guy who worked with the kick off coverage and punt teams...One of just six true freshmen to play in 2005...Saw his first collegiate action in the season opener against Ole Miss...Credited with one solo stop against the Rebels...Provided an assisted tackle in the win over Houston...Credited with one tackle in the nationally-televised UAB game...Logged one solo tackle in the Tennessee game...Completed his freshman season with four total tackles.
Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for 2006 spring semester.
Played for Coach James Richard at Marietta High...Set a school record at MHS with 15 sacks in 2004...Helped lead squad to an 11-1 record and a Region 5-A championship...Voted as the team's MVP...Listed as Cobb County's 48-Minute Player of the Year...Also selected as a first-team pick on the All-Cobb County Team... Named to the Marietta Daily Journal first-team All-Cobb County...Also played tight end, defensive end, and was on every special team...Was Cobb County's triple jump champion.
Gregory Jerome Jackson is the son of Ricky Smith and Joan Smith...Born May 26, 1987, in Lawton, Okla.